Lynne Alice Prize

The prize of $500 is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Master of Arts (International Relations) course who has achieved standards of excellence in his or her academic record in the Human Rights and International Law specialisation.

The 2014 Lynne Alice Prize was awarded to Liana Papoutsis

The 2013 Lynne Alice Prize was awarded to Claire van Herpen

The 2012 Lynne Alice prize was awarded to Emily Trevorrow

Two prizes awarded in 2011 to Daniel Misson and Kara Densby

Inaugural prize awarded to Lucy Fenton.

Lucy Fenton, Master of Arts (International Relations).

"My motivation to study at Deakin University was to learn about academic and legal frameworks in human rights and global politics, and to better understand their application concerning protection gaps in today's global context. From this starting point, Dr Alice proved a formative influence in my studies by consistently laying down challenges; to challenge underlying assumptions in existing theories and models, to evaluate in light of cultural relativism and complex debates, and in examining the gap between implementation and rhetoric.

This approach of setting rigorous academic standards as well as encouraging an independent viewpoint and analytical approach was a highlight of my learning experience. The extension of these standards towards the collaborative online student forums also really helped me as an off-campus student, in developing the ability to frame key questions by which to assess research materials and to bounce around ideas with fellow students based around the world.

In particular, I consider the structure and depth of the Gender, War and Peace program and the International Humanitarian Law unit to be especially pertinent in developing the analytical tools necessary to assess these rapidly-developing fields in terms of their impact on policy-making and armed conflict globally, and that graduates from these disciplines will be a strong testament to the leadership and insight of Dr Alice.
I am honoured to receive the inaugural Lynne Alice Prize, in memory of a dedicated scholar, teacher and activist."

Dr Lynne Alice - IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Lynne Alice, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University, passed away on the 30th January 2009.

Lynne joined Deakin University in 2003 and was the Director of the Master in International Relations Program from 2005 – 2008. Lynne is remembered for her energy and enthusiasm for academic life, for her mentoring of junior colleagues and for the ways she inspired many of her students to ask probing questions and to combine intellectual rigor with a commitment to furthering social justice.

Lynne possessed teaching and research interests in human rights and international humanitarian law, the politics of humanitarian intervention, ethno-nationalism and democratisation, and feminist political analysis.

She completed her PhD in the interdisciplinary program of Politics, Philosophy and Sociology at Murdoch University, Western Australia with a thesis titled "She Knows Who She Is: getting beyond 'gender' in contemporary feminist theory". She taught at Murdoch University (1990 - 1994) in the Sociology and Women's Studies programs before being appointed as the Director of Women's Studies at Massey University, New Zealand (1994 - 2001) and taught politics and sociology at Prishtina University in Kosovo (2001 - 2003).

Lynne also worked as a consultant with CARE International, trained social researchers for the Institute of Social Policy in the Joint Interim Administration under the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and was also an international consultant for both the Kosovo Women's Network and Zene Zenama, Sarajevo, on their reporting about the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

She also contributed to the research methods training offered by the Kosovo Gender Studies Centre. Elizabeth Carolan, a member of the research team, recalled that "she is the one of the most inspiring people I have ever had the pleasure to have known and certainly one of the most fun and joyous to be around! Her passion for life was truly infectious and inspired people wherever she went."

Lynne's research, supported by the School and Deakin, on UN1325, gender equity, international law, and associated topics, her service as an OSCE Mission Election Observer in November 2007, and her Overseas Study Leave at the University of Bremen in 2008, allowed her to be present in Kosova about 6 times since she joined the University in 2003 and to teach workshops and 2 summer schools and to mentor researchers. The Conference is a tribute to Lynne's long term legacy and commitment to Kosovars, since she first went there independently in 2001.

Amazingly given the devastation and trauma of the civil strife and war of the 1990s this region is now ahead of the play in the Southeastern Europe over gender equity issues and especially in terms of skilled research capacity, and impressive numbers of young people are graduating overseas with advanced degrees, is part due to Lynne's efforts. She was of course an IR scholar as well as a sociologist  ... and her work is in good hands.

We invite you to share your memories, experiences, thoughts or to post your tributes to Lynne.  Please send these through to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and we will include your wishes in praise of a remarkable person.

I lost contact with Lynne when she left New Zealand from Massey University.

I only saw her once afterwards. Lynne was a significant influence on my life at a critical period. She had a profound impact on my views of  gender, and prodded me to have a good look at myself. As my supervisor for a paper on gender and sexuality, she showed me not only how to carry out research in new and different ways (cause I was once a scientist!), but she also led me down new thinking paths and into new realms of activity.

I am sad to hear of Lynne's death, because she was someone I wanted to go back and spend more time with.

Regards to you all

Dr Terri Lomax
Manager Service Design and Information Management
Maori Land Court National Office
Ministry of Justice, Wellington

Lynne Alice's most significant publications include:

Alice, L. (2007) Monitering Implementation of UN SCR 1325 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, pp. 1-56, Udruzenje Zene Zenama, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Alice, L. (2007) No Respect: Forging Democracy in Bosnia and Kosovo, in Akbarzadeh, S. and Mansouri, F. (eds), Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diaspora and Radicalism in the West, pp. 179-198, I.B Tauris & Co Ltd, London, UK

Alice, L. (2005) No respect: Forging democracy in Bosnia and Kosovo, Islam, Human Security, and Xenophobia, pp. 1-17

Alice, L. (2005) Military humanitarianism: Upholding human rights in situations of post-conflict reconstruction, Human Rights and Development Workshop, pp. 1-6

Alice, L. and Star, L. (2004) Queer in Aotearoa New Zealand, pp. 1-208, Dunmoore Press Ltd, New Zealand

Alice, L. (2004) Bridging the gender gap: political culture in Kosovo, in Ruth Seifert (ed.), Gender, Identitat und kriegerischer Konflikt, pp. 229-247, Lit Verlag, Munster

Alice, L. (2004) Kosovo in transition: an insider-outsider doing social research on Kosovo's present and future, in Carol Harrington, Ayman Salem, Tamara Zurabishvili (eds), After Communism Critical perspectives on Society and Sociology, pp. 199-224, Peter Lang AG, Switzerland

Alice, L. (2004) The planet dreaming: dead lands, destiny and desire, in Brewster Chamberlain (ed.), urell School of Corfu, Symposium: Globalisation & Nationalism, pp. 1-7, Durell School of Corfu, USA

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